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post #1291 of 1400
I used google sketchup. You can dwnld it for free. Its basically an autocad program, without the xtra bells and whistles. Or...you could use the good ol' pencil and paper

What kind of finish are you planning to use?
post #1292 of 1400
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Originally Posted by HIFITex View Post

All I can say is WOW!! You guys have some nice designs.

I am heading down this road, my wife and I have not found a stand that meets both of our needs.

So what software/program are you guys using to draw with?

Considering I was just working with 4' x 8' sheets of MDF, I just used a simple spreadsheet and adjusted all my rows and columns into many small squares and made a rectangular grid pattern of the 4' x 8' sheet (it's actually 49" x 97" so you have room for at least 8 saw blade widths). Then I colored in the different pieces (in different colors) I would cut out of the sheet to maximize the usage. I actually had a big box home improvement store make all the cuts for me before I left as they have a large wall saw and I have a small car!

It's amazing what you can build out of one or two sheets.
post #1293 of 1400
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Originally Posted by HIFITex View Post

All I can say is WOW!! You guys have some nice designs.

I am heading down this road, my wife and I have not found a stand that meets both of our needs.

So what software/program are you guys using to draw with?

I think my build took 2 sheets of plywood and a sheet of bead board which I also had a big box store do my main cuts so I could fit it in my car. I also had to use some 2 x 4 but that's only because I had to frame out the closet for my conversion.
post #1294 of 1400
Thanks for the info!

I am still working on a design, well my wife is. She wants one a little taller than most of the ones out there. So far the demisions are 74"LX22"DX27"H. I know it maybe a little high for some but there are 3" legs on the bottom so it gives me about 24" to work with on the inside. What I am working on now is the layout of the cables, wires, and cooling. I'll post some images once I figure out Google sketch.

The basic design will come from one of Standout Designs models CLICK ME.

I would like to have three bays in the center so the height might go up a few inches or the legs might go done. Still working that one out.

Santa is suppose to be dropping off some tools to help with this project and a couple more that have started to popup. I'll keep you guys posted.
post #1295 of 1400
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Originally Posted by HIFITex View Post

I'll post some images once I figure out Google sketch.

The basic design will come from one of Standout Designs models CLICK ME.

Since you are interested in the Standout Designs N702 and are planning to tackle Sketchup, you may be interested in the drawing I did last year when I was considering building a clone of the N702.

Check out below thread:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1291665
post #1296 of 1400
Thanks dboff01!

That's pretty much what I am working on, but between work and the holidays free time is tight. I hope to finish up the drawings after Christmas and start building a couple of weeks later, after I play with my new tools.

I did notice on one of your drawings that are slots cut on the bottom just behind the doors. That's for airflow right?
post #1297 of 1400
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Originally Posted by HIFITex View Post

I did notice on one of your drawings that are slots cut on the bottom just behind the doors. That's for airflow right?

Yes those are for intake ventilation with the warm air expected to flow out the top back.
post #1298 of 1400
I am going to be building a TV stand after seeing the salamander designs stand and then gaging on the price tag. I have almost everything worked out for it, except for some of the t-slot hardware. I am going with 8020 15 series t-slot.

The parts I am not sure of are the studs for mounting my back cover and the shelf mounts. For the back cover I want to do locking threaded studs. This is so it works just like the salamander designs stand where the stud locks into the t-slot and then there is a cap bolt that holds the panel onto the stud. The shelf mounts I would like to do differently. I have vertical t-slots (tubing goes up not across) and I would like to have mounts that lock into the t-slot, and allow me to screw the shelving into the mount (threaded holes). I do not want to use shelf mounts that allow movement unless I absolutely have to.

I have seen a couple of very nice designs in this thread based on the t-slot tubing, does anyone know what I am looking for? Bonus points if they come from their ebay store (which I can not link to due to post count )
post #1299 of 1400
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Originally Posted by cj145 View Post

I am going to be building a TV stand after seeing the salamander designs stand and then gaging on the price tag. I have almost everything worked out for it, except for some of the t-slot hardware. I am going with 8020 15 series t-slot.

The parts I am not sure of are the studs for mounting my back cover and the shelf mounts. For the back cover I want to do locking threaded studs. This is so it works just like the salamander designs stand where the stud locks into the t-slot and then there is a cap bolt that holds the panel onto the stud. The shelf mounts I would like to do differently. I have vertical t-slots (tubing goes up not across) and I would like to have mounts that lock into the t-slot, and allow me to screw the shelving into the mount (threaded holes). I do not want to use shelf mounts that allow movement unless I absolutely have to.

I have seen a couple of very nice designs in this thread based on the t-slot tubing, does anyone know what I am looking for? Bonus points if they come from their ebay store (which I can not link to due to post count )

I'm interested in the same thing, so will see what people hopefully reply with. Sorry I am of no help as I just started working on my 8020 design as well (just finished my 8020 projection screen design).
post #1300 of 1400
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Originally Posted by IronHorse View Post

Red...

I'm attaching a pix of what I call "gussetts" which some furniture makers will call corner or glue blocks or whatever. When I apprenticed I worked at a custom stair builder that built conventional and elaborate spiral wood staircases and we used glue blocks behind stair risers where they meet the treads. Believe it or not, we only glued them in... did not have nail guns back then !


Iron Horse

Sorry to dig up a quote way back from page one (and 7 years ago!), but how do the gussets in your picture prevent side to side racking?

I am contemplating building my own stand, but the only solution I could come up with for preventing racking, was to put a full back on the thing, and cut out "panels" or "windows" to open the compartments back up, leaving the framework and sturdying the whole thing.
post #1301 of 1400
Nice job! Are your fans a bit noisy solid mounting them like that? (mine were) I mounted the fans to a metal plate with rubber mounts, put a piece of foam weather strip around the hole and then fastened the plate to the structure till it just touched the weather strip.

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Originally Posted by goodwad View Post

I've been lurking this thread for a while now and always looked for an excuse to build a stand...now I have a toddler that just started walking and he decided he enjoyed turning off everything under my existing tv stand, thus the justification for the project. Most important design criteria is cabinet doors.

All major material purchased at a big box home improvement store. Case fans ordered from NewEgg. Drive out price on all items including a gallon of premium paint and "bomb proof" corner bracing is < $300. I used two full sheets of 4'x8' mdf on this project...and I really appreciate the big box stores that cut the pieces I need before I leave the store! This beast weighs in around 175 lbs!




I'm still amazed at the storage space size of the bottom drawer (28" wide x 24" deep x 8" tall. It weighs about 30 pounds and fits nicely on 18" slide rails and holds all my movies and game controllers and original remotes.


My secret compartment to hold wires and such...




Glass cut and mounted at a local glass shop for $20!


Scythe SY1225SL12L 120mm "Slipstream" Case Fans


Braced....LIKE A BOSS!


Holding up a JVC HD-56FN97 - The flash screwed up the image...Halo looks fantastic on this TV! You also see speakers from The Speaker Company (RIP)



Should have built a bigger drawer...
post #1302 of 1400
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Originally Posted by RDKing2 View Post

Nice job! Are your fans a bit noisy solid mounting them like that? (mine were) I mounted the fans to a metal plate with rubber mounts, put a piece of foam weather strip around the hole and then fastened the plate to the structure till it just touched the weather strip.

Thanks! The fans are super quiet. Read about them here:
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article832-page4.html

I haven't heard any rattling as it is metal hardware on MDF with 4 coats of latex paint, but if I do I'll look into rubber mounts or simply put a washer with some thin piece of rubber between it an the MDF. Left side fans only switch on with the computer (seen in the Lian Li case). Right side fans used to switch on with the receiver, but only measured 8 watts with them spinning (that includes heat loss from the AC to Molex adapter), so I leave the right side fans spinning 24/7.
post #1303 of 1400
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Originally Posted by DSF767 View Post

Here is a little update to my project

Last weekend progress



This weekend progress, I just need 1 more coat of paint and it will be good to go.


Just got the replacement for my first broken plasma and got everything setup last night!

post #1304 of 1400
Hey guys!

This thread inspired me to build my own unit for my projector setup. I have somewhat of an interesting setup as I have a sloped wall that both limited my screen's height and required making my screen "float" from the wall. These characteristics mean that the bottom of my screen is only 14.5" from the floor and nearly 20" from the back wall to get my desired 120" screen size. When we originally built this house 2 years ago I had planned to put a screen up in this room (it's a bonus room over our garage) and had installed power in the ceiling, ran conduit to nearly the same location, and pre-wired for surround sound. This also lead to having all of my components underneath the screen.

So after searching for a commercially made unit that could both house all of my components and fit under my screen I realized that the only acceptable solution was going to be to build my own. I finished my screen in the summer of 2010 and unfortunately due to the demands of graduate school, work, and my wife (not to mention enjoying the theater!), my "Man Cave" looked like this for over a year:


(Yes those are text books and direcTV boxes that my componenets are sitting on, can't let them sit on the floor!!!!)

I had originally intended to build a solid one piece box with 3 main compartments, however after evaluating A: How much material (wood) this would be and B: Realizing that I would have to get this upstairs and that a solid piece would be large, heavy, and awkward to handle, I decided to go for the 3 piece approach. 2 virtually identical left and right sides (the left having one less shelf to accommodate my AVR) and a center drawer that my center channel would rest on. I also decided to stain it black to match my speakers.

Here are the boxes after they were initially assembled. My father-in-law and his business partner (guy is a master wood craft hobbyist) helped me assemble these. We used a "Kreg" jig to fasten everything together resulting in minimal filling and virtually no gluing.

Left Hand Box:


Right Hand Box:


Both of these boxes are 42.5" wide, 13.5" tall, and 24" deep and will house all of my components and allow some room for added components if necessary.

Center drawer cabinet:


Center drawer face:


Since we were going to all the trouble of building this (and seeing this already done earlier by goodwad), I decided to add one 120mm case fan to each compartment to help move the air around everything. I ended up using a controlled power strip tied to my receiver so that these are only on when the receiver is on.

One set of fans mounted to one of the backboards (you can see my windows for wires and power cords):


From the backside after being installed on the cabinet:


Up close of the grills to keep the cat from investigating what is making all that air:


And finally everything installed:


Up close of everything:


And the drawer!!!! (That bottom row has 39 blu-rays/PS3 games, that means it should hold around a 120 of these.... Its huge!!!!):


All in all it was a fun project and cost me way less than it would have had I had someone build it for me. Both the left and right cabinets were designed with doors in mind so if I get the urge I can get some glass cut and and add them later. This will probably wait until after we finish the rest of the room ; we want to paint it a dark blue-grey and build a bar for the opposite corner (to hold my popcorn machine off course).
post #1305 of 1400
Hadn't seen these last three projects for some reason.

Nice work RD King 2, DSF 767, and Da Deuce.
post #1306 of 1400
Just wanted to thank everyone for giving me the ideas and confidence to build my own stand. I used the kreg jig with glue to connect the pieces. Under the center speaker I made a hidden compartment to hide all of the wires.
The stand is made out of 3/4 inch red oak plywood, 64"w x 20"t x 16"d. Finished it with black satin minwax polyshades. I installed four 120" fans from coolerguys with 2 temperature monitors. I learned alot plus it gave me a reason to buy some new tools! Thanks again to all for posting and sharing!

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post #1307 of 1400
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Originally Posted by longrifle View Post

...plus it gave me a reason to buy some new tools!

I don't know about you, but I was really looking for an excuse to buy a plunge router. Also...Nice job DaDeuce! I think the fan grills are a great idea, luckily my toddler isn't strong enough to roll the stand to where he can get his fingers in there, but I might ought to go ahead and add this feature to my setup anyway after moving the fans to the inside of the case.

Thanks for sharing.
post #1308 of 1400
Nice work, Longrifle.
post #1309 of 1400
Lots of great stuff here! I've never made anything out of wood, but I'm thinking about giving it a try.

One of my many questions is how exactly people put the speaker cloths on to doors. I see some people stapling the cloth to the back of the door, but there is also some kind wooden dowel or something that fits in where the cloth meets the door.

(This kind of thing can be seen, for example, in kyoorius's build --> post #1254. Go to the Flickr stream to see the photo of the back of the cloth door.)

If anyone can give some guidance for someone like me who has no experience with this stuff, I would appreciate it. And great job everyone; keep the builds coming!
post #1310 of 1400
Hi guys!

I just want to say thanks to everybody here for all the information, tips and pics to give me enough confidence to build my own AV Console. I know it is not perfect, but thinks look much better that before.

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It's alive!

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AFTER & fully loaded!!!

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So, once again, thanks everybody!!!

post #1311 of 1400
Looks good cr, you should go ahead and get that display off the wall and put it right on top of your new cabinet.

You'll gain a couple of feet for viewing distance purposes as well as get the display closer to the ideal viewing height.
post #1312 of 1400
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Originally Posted by Stew4msu View Post

Looks good cr, you should go ahead and get that display off the wall and put it right on top of your new cabinet.

You'll gain a couple of feet for viewing distance purposes as well as get the display closer to the ideal viewing height.

NOOOOOOOO! If I do that, I can't continue telling my wife that the TV is too small and that we need a fixed screen and a projector at home.....

Lol! Thanks for the advice, I knew from the the beginning the TV was installed a bit high. But, the reason of that is due to the fact that there is a metallic plaque and power lines running in the sweet spot and therefore no drilling was possible there to install the TV. So, the only option back then was to go higher.

Now, the cool thing about that is that after I added my RTi A9s and now with my new console the 51" 3D Plasma looks tiny and we are "forced" to upgrade to a PJ........

Cheers!
post #1313 of 1400
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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post


NOOOOOOOO! If I do that, I can't continue telling my wife that the TV is too small and that we need a fixed screen and a projector at home.....



Lol! Thanks for the advice, I knew from the the beginning the TV was installed a bit high. But, the reason of that is due to the fact that there is a metallic plaque and power lines running in the sweet spot and therefore no drilling was possible there to install the TV. So, the only option back then was to go higher.


Now, the cool thing about that is that after I added my RTi A9s and now with my new console the 51" 3D Plasma looks tiny and we are "forced" to upgrade to a PJ........



Cheers!

Yeah. The screen does sort of look like an afterthought wink.gif
post #1314 of 1400
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Originally Posted by billybobg View Post

Yeah. The screen does sort of look like an afterthought wink.gif

92" fixed screen should arrive in a couple of weeks. Projector.........oh well, it seems it will be a 2013 project..........redface.gif(
post #1315 of 1400
Nice looking setup that will only get better. . It's incredible how far we've come in the last 10yrs where a 52" wide screen doesn't make it. I have a 47" in a cabinet that's almost laughable compared to he 117" screen in the basement. If you'd have asked me back in 2002 what I would be happy with, I'd have said a 40" Sony. I settled for a 27" as it was what I could afford. 10 yrs from now I hope I'm reasonably happy with what I have. rolleyes.gifcool.gifwink.gif
post #1316 of 1400
Tell me about it. Just few months ago, I was really happy/impressed with my 51" Plasma TV and now it looks so tinny. Still great picture, but with my current setup..............and upgrade is really needed.

BTW I still have a "HUGE" CRT 29" TV (Sony by the way) going strong at my basement (guest room). It is 18 years old......eek.gif
post #1317 of 1400
So, what's everyone working on now ? Photos please.
post #1318 of 1400
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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post

92" fixed screen should arrive in a couple of weeks. Projector.........oh well, it seems it will be a 2013 project..........redface.gif(

Ok guys; things didn't work out the way that I was expecting.................eek.gif

I wasn't able to grab a 92" fixed screen as planned..................instead I purchased a 120" screen.

And, the plan to buy a projector in 2013.....................well this bad boy just arrived few days ago.

Here is a pic of the screen and projector......................really happy panda here!








Edited by cr136124 - 12/9/12 at 6:01pm
post #1319 of 1400
Gotta sub to this! Awesome thread!!!
post #1320 of 1400
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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post

Ok guys; things didn't work out the way that I was expecting.................eek.gif
I wasn't able to grab a 92" fixed screen as planned..................instead I purchased a 120" screen.
And, the plan to buy a projector in 2013.....................well this bad boy just arrived few days ago.
Here is a pic of the screen and projector......................really happy panda here!



what projector is that?! The picture is very impressive!
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